Randall “Jud” Strickland, principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), was selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of Picolata Crossing Elementary School. His nomination was approved by the School Board at its February 14 meeting.
Strickland served as the principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary School since 2013. Prior to this, he served more than 20 years in the Duval County Public School System where he spent 10 years as a principal and was responsible for opening Bartram Springs Elementary School. He also held the position of executive director for elementary turnaround schools and as chief of elementary schools where he was responsible for leading and managing 53 elementary and two k-8 schools with more than 30,000 students. Strickland has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership both from the University of North Florida.
“Mr. Strickland is a proven leader with a breadth of experience,” said Superintendent Forson. “His knowledge on opening a school will serve him well for Elementary ‘M’ and I know he will easily connect with the students and community to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.”
Ewa Kolk is very excited to serve as an Assistant Principal at Picolata Crossing Elementary School this upcoming year.
Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Kolk has made St. Augustine her home since 2002. Ms. Kolk is a graduate from Flagler College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education as well as a minor in Business Administration. Over the years she has added ESOL and Reading Endorsements. In 2016, Ms. Kolk completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.
“I have been blessed with opportunities to practicum at multiple schools in the county but have called Crookshank Elementary School home for the last 10 years where I have served students as a 2nd grade teacher, 3rd grade teacher and Instructional Literacy Coach. Along the way I have worked alongside phenomenal educators and personnel that have helped shape who I am today.”
“I feel fortunate to have the privilege of being part of the Picolata family and will strive to bring love, purpose and direction to Picolata Crossing and our community.”
Picolata Pumas’ will be paving the way!